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Vol. 4 No. 12 February 2006

Not just a big switch

Fibre Channel directors offer ways to connect disparate SANs, isolate data and devices within a fabric, and deliver different levels of throughput on the fly. Here's how the big three directors match up. NO LONGER JUST A BIG BOX with lots of ports, the Fibre Channel (FC) director has become the cornerstone around which next-generation SANs will be built. As more organizations are faced with managing petabytes of storage, director-class switches are easing management tasks by isolating SANs within a single fabric, delivering a higher level of data protection, and parceling throughput to individual ports depending on changing application demands. Fibre Channel directors: Core components Click here for a comprehensive list of Fibre Channel directors: Core components (PDF). Of course, some things never change: First and foremost, companies look to directors to provide rock-solid stability with high levels of availability, throughput and port count. In this vein, the passive backplanes that are used in Brocade Communications Systems ...

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